Ads to say Samsung did not copy iPad
Since Samsung suffered from the jury decision in the Northern California case in August, they have started to see other positive outcomes. The ban on the Galaxy Nexus phone has been lifted in the US. The ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet has been lifted in the US. These are good things for Samsung in the ongoing legal battles between Samsung and Apple. But, the legal battles are ongoing outside the US and there is news from the UK. An appeals court has ruled that Samsung did not copy the iPad and now Apple has to post advertisements stating that Samsung did not copy the iPad.
This is a big deal for Samsung and can be seen as a big victory for them. This goes back to July where a court in the UK determined that Samsung did not copy from Apple as alleged in a patent infringement lawsuit. In that decision, the court had ordered Apple to take out ads in newspapers and magazines to acknowledge that Samsung did not infringe on the iPad patents. Apple had filed the suit and lost the case. This was a problem for Apple to have to admit that. So, obviously they appealed the decision, but the appeals court has supported the lower court ruling in the UK.
In the most recent ruling against Apple, they will now have to post the ads as deemed by the court. They will also have to post the same thing on their UK web site saying that Samsung did not infringe on the iPad patents. This is obviously a problem for Apple. It seems that Apple has little recourse to this situation. They can appeal to the Supreme court in the UK, but given the most recent ruling, it is unlikely they will win the appeal.
It looks like Apple will have to publicly admit that Samsung did not copy the iPad.